Dallas Keuchel flirts with no-hitter as Astros quiet Angels, 3-1
Hector Rondon pitched the ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.
Keuchel (8-8) did not allow a hit until Justin Upton singled off the glove of shortstop Marwin Gonzalez with two out in the seventh inning. The Angels scored a run in the eighth inning off Keuchel on a sacrifice fly by Jabari Blash.
Keuchel's performance should come as no surprise considering his history against the Angels -- he entered the game 10-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 16 career games (15 starts) against them. The only Angels hitter with any success against him was Mike Trout, who was 14-for-41 (.341) with two homers against him before going 0-for-3 on Friday and 0-for-4 overall in the game.
The Astros scored a single run off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (7-6) in each of the first three innings. Jose Altuve had an RBI single in the first, George Springer had a sacrifice fly in the second and Reddick had an RBI triple in the third.
That was all the Astros could muster against Skaggs, who went six innings and gave up the three runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out one and threw 94 pitches.
Keuchel was sharp from the outset, retiring the first nine batters he faced until leadoff hitter David Fletcher walked on four pitches to begin the fourth inning. Fletcher reached second on a groundout by Andrelton Simmons, but Keuchel kept Fletcher anchored at second by retiring both Trout and Upton to get out of the inning.
Ian Kinsler had the Angels second hit of the night, a single to lead off the eighth. He reached second and then third on a groundout and fielder's choice, respectively, before scoring on Blash's fly ball to right field.
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